Major changes for this new edition have occurred in the editorship, publishing and style of Postgraduate Haematology since the 4th edition was published 6 years ago. Mitchell Lewis, who played a major role in the design and writing of the first edition, which appeared in 1972, and was co-editor for the first four editions, has stepped down from this role. We are delighted that he has, nevertheless, contributed two chapters to this volume, one on the spleen and the other on laboratory practice. Daniel Catovsky has joined as co-editor to oversee particularly the section of the book dealing with malignant haematological disorders.
We are also pleased to welcome Blackwell Publishing Ltd, well respected for its impressive list of haematological books and journals, as publishers for this 5th edition. We are particularly grateful to Rebecca Huxley, who has taken on the publishing process, and to Jane Fallows, who has drawn all the scientific diagrams.
For the 5th edition, Postgraduate Haematology has been divided into smaller chapters. This has enabled us to bring in many younger authors with knowledge and expertise in particu lar areas. It has also facilitated the incorporation of the new information on mechanisms of disease, laboratory investigation and clinical management that has been gained over the last 6 years. Although the book has expanded to over 1000 pages, it is still aimed at providing haematologists in training and consultants with a text that is up to date and easy to read and that gives ready access to the information on diagnosis and treatment needed in the laboratory and clinic.
Microscopic appearances of the blood diseases are illustrated throughout the book. These illustrations are mainly reproduced from the 4th edition but we wish to thank Elsevier Inc. for permission to reproduce figures from the 3rd edition of the Color Atlas of Clinical Haematology, edited by A.V. Hoffbrand and J.E. Pettit and published by Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
Finally we wish to thank Megan Evans and Wanda Malinowski for their expert secretarial help throughout the preparation of this new edition.
AVH, DC, EGDT 2005
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